Energy Healing: Medicine Bags by -Kim Mack, artist and owner of Blue Plume Originals.
A medicine bag can be made from many different materials: blanket, wool, or felt and more traditionally leather. Laced with sinew. A medicine bag can be decorated with beads, fur or items that suit the spirit of the maker.
First what does “medicine” mean? To some the term implies doctors, drugs, hospitals and the like. To others “medicine ” is a reference to all that is mysterious, spiritual, supernatural and the like, in there lives. Medicine functions on two levels: Aids in the peoples Spiritual life, and also aids in the Physical life.
Your medicine bag has many uses, of course. You may use it when going on a vision quest. You can carry it with u day -to- day to draw on its power. You may update the bag to mark changes in your being or your interests . The following is a suggested list of materials for your medicine bag, each directed toward a particular purpose. The bag is small so choose items carefully.
1. Get 1 or more representatives of the plant kingdom. the traditional “Three Sisters” of corn, bean, and squash seeds could be a good place to start.. a small amount of corn meal, and a small amount of tobacco would also be good. you could also add a piece of any plant that has significance for you. If a loved one gave you a certain kind of flower, then you might want to add some petals from that type of flower… Cedar, Sage, Bear root, and ka -mean could also be used..
2. Get 1 or more representatives of the MIneral kingdom. These are easily obtained from nature there are many different crystals with lots of different meanings..some stones are for calming, grounding, clarity and protection. or simply a small pebble that calls to you.
3. Get 1 or more representatives of the animal kingdom. Feathers are good for this. or a piece of a claw, fur, tooth or bone.. This involves keeping your eyes open. The animal kingdom will generally give you what you need. also add anything of special significance related to animals you are closely tied to.
Once you have items for your medicine bag. carefully smudge each of them with sweetgrass or sage smoke. Treat them as what they truly are, each a spiritual being-ness. Then place them in your bag.
Take a moment with your bag to be thankful for the aid and the help that each item will give . Wear your bag or keep it with you.. You can sleep with it under your pillow also. Over time as you listen to your spirit and the spirits around you that speak to you, you will hear to add to your bag or remove something. This is a private thing , for no other person. it is between you, the spirits , the natural world , the supernatural world, and the creator.
-Kim Mack, artist and owner of Blue Plume Originals